In 1995, a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer Remington was settled quietly in Montana. The case involved a dangerous defect in Remington’s 700-series rifles: it caused the guns to fire without anyone pulling the trigger. But few consumers have ever known about Aleksich because there is almost no record of the case having existed.
After the 1995 settlement, Remington made sure that the entire court file was sealed from public view.
Prior to settling, however, Remington reportedly produced boxes of materials showing that the company had known of the defect since the 1940s, yet failed to notify the public of the foreseeable harm caused by its rifles.
In 2000, another Montanan, 9-year-old Gus Barber was killed when a Remington Model 700 series bolt action rifle discharged without a trigger pull. The rifle discharged when the safety was released to unload the rifle. More than 100 lawsuits have been filed by injured people against Remington involving the defective trigger system.
Public Justice has filed a motion to intervene and a brief in support of that motion in Aleksich v. Remington — the first procedural steps toward Public Justice’s ultimate goal of unsealing the court file and exposing the truth about the defective rifles.